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Who We Are

UW Leadership
External Advisory Board

UW Leadership

Our Director, Faculty Director, and Steering Committee lead strategic planning and operations.

Rachel Berney

Faculty Director, Urban@UW
Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

Christian Anderson

Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW-Bothell

Payman Arabshahi

Associate Professor, and Associate Chair for Advancement, Department Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director of Innovation of Learning Programs, CoMotion
PI, S&CC: Mobility, Health, and Resilience in Smart and Connected Communities

Seema Clifasefi

Associate Professor and Co-Director, Harm Reduction Research and Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Work; Director, Doorway Project, Homelessness Research Initiative

Rachel Fyall

Assistant Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance; Faculty Chair, Homelessness Research Initiative

Rick Mohler

Associate Professor, Architecture

co-PI, Sound Communities Initiative

Anaid Yerena

Assistant Professor, Urban Studies, UW-Tacoma


The Urban@UW staffing team supports our projects and operations.

Jen Davison
RAC Co-Director
Kate Landis
Program Manager

External Advisory Board

Our External Advisory Board provides thought partnership around mission, strategies, relationship-building and sustainability.

Andria Lazaga

Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Seattle Housing Authority

Seattle Housing Authority
Andrea Newman

Executive Director, Urban Land Institute Northwest

Urban Land Institute Northwest

Rico Quirindongo

Director, Office of Planning and Community Development, City of Seattle

Office of Planning and Community Development

Jim Suehiro

Consulting Architect, Suehiro Architecture

Steve Whitney

Senior Program Officer, Bullitt Foundation

Bullitt Foundation
Jess Zimbabwe

Executive Director, Environmental Works
Adjunct Instructor, University of Washington

Environmental Works


Urban@UW Fellows are actively involved in projects in collaboration with or supported by Urban@UW.

Scott Allard

Daniel J. Evans Endowed Professor of Social Policy
Urban@UW Co-Founder

Gregg Colburn

Assistant Professor, Runstad Department of Real Estate; Faculty Co-lead, Homelessness Research Initiative

Giacomo Dalla Chiara

Postdoctoral Researcher, Urban Freight Lab, Supply Chain and Transportation Logistics Center

Catherine De Almeida

Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture

Kristin Dew

Assistant Teaching Professor, Human Centered Design and Engineering

Amy Hagopian

Professor, Global Health; Professor, Health Systems and Population Health; Director, Community Oriented Public Health Practice

Heidi Gough
Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

Associate Professor of Environmental and Forest Science, College of the Environment, University of Washington 

Bill Howe

Associate Professor, Information School; Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering; Director, UrbAnalytics Lab
Urban@UW Co-Founder

Julie Johnson

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture; Adjunct Associate Professor, Architecture; Faculty Member, Urban Design Certificate Program; Partner, LEAP FROG to a Shared Right of Way, Emerald Corridor Collaboratory

Susan Kemp

Professor Emerita, School of Social Work
Urban@UW Co-Founder

Karen Levy

Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Becca Neumann
Mark A Pagono
Professor in the School of Engineering & Technology,  UWT. 

Resham Patel

Radha Poovendran

Professor, Electical and Computer Engineering

Daniela Rosner
Sameer Shah

Dr. Sameer Shah (he / him) is a John C. Garcia Professor and Assistant Professor of Climate Adaptation in the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences. He is also an Affiliate with the UW Center for Studies in Demography in Ecology, Center for Environmental Politics, and Clean Energy Institute

Cleo Wöelfle-Hazard

Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs


Urban@UW Affiliates share our goals of collaboration to address urban challenges, and consistently engage with Urban@UW.

Arthur Acolin

Assistant Professor, Real Estate

Marina Alberti

Director, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design & Planning; Director, Urban Ecology Research Lab; Professor, Urban Design & Planning

Kessie Alexandre

Assistant Professor, Geography

Zack Almquist

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Senior Data Science Fellow, eScience Institute

Jared Baeten

Vice Chair and Professor, Global Health; Professor, Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Professor, Epidemiology

Wendy Barrington

Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Branden Born

Associate Professor, Urban Design and Planning; Faculty Director, Livable City Year

Alan Borning

Professor Emeritus, Computer Science and Engineering

Ryan Calo

Co-Director, Tech Policy Lab; Assistant Professor, School of Law

Sally Clark

Director, Office of Regional & Community Relations at the University of Washington

Sara Curran

Director, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology; Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance; Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; Adjunct Professor, Global Health

Sarah Elwood

Professor, Department of Geography; Co-Director, Relational Poverty Network; Staff and Faculty Team, Critical Narratives, Homelessness Research Initiative


Kim England

Professor, Department of Geography; Adjunct Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Endowed Chair, Labor Studies

Urban@UW Co-Founder

Josephine Ensign

Professor, School of Nursing; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Affiliate Faculty, Certificate Program in Public Scholarship

Derek Fulwiler

Director of Project Strategy and Communications, Population Health Initiative

Alexes Harris

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Justin Jesty

Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages & Literature; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media

Ralina L. Joseph

Professor, Communication; Adjunct Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Emily Keller

Program Manager, Urbanalytics

Lynne Manzo

Professor, Landscape Architecture

Margaret O'Mara

Associate Professor, History; Adjunct Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Urban@UW Co-Founder

Joe Lott

Director, Leadership in Higher Education; Faculty Director, Brotherhood Initiative; Associate Professor, College of Education

Julian Olden

Associate Professor, School of Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences

Jennifer Otten

Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Services; Faculty Co-Director, Livable City Year

Gundula Proksch

Associate Professor, Architecture

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Sarah Quinn

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Jennifer Romich

Associate Professor, School of Social Work; Director, West Coast Poverty Center

Jeff Shulman

Professor, Foster School of Business

Christine Stevens

Associate Professor, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, UW-Tacoma

Sarah Stone

Co-Executive Director, UW eScience Institute

Anne Taufen

Associate Professor, Urban Studies-UWT; Faculty Director, Livable City Year

Rachel Vaughn

Executive Director, Center for Leadership and Social Resposibility, Milgard School of Business, University of Washington Tacoma

Rebecca J. Walter

Associate Professor, Real Estate